Tra-di-tion (n):

The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

Why do we follow the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on our wedding day? Is it to provide the bride with good luck or guarantee fertility and prosperity? Some brides still partake in this tradition for these reasons or simply because their mom said it was part of getting married. I personally never really sat down to think of the meaning behind each aspect until now, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with all of you love birds out there! Here at Grand Occasions we believe in the power that tradition can have on every love story. We believe in past traditions and in the absolutely amazing ability to create new ones, and that is why I want to share with you the meaning behind this century-old tradition as well as what you can do on your special day to honor each aspect!

Something Old

Whether it’s your grandma’s pearl earrings that she used to wear every day or a pin you pick up at your local antique shop what you choose to represent something old will always have a lifelong story within in. Your something old might not be a story of your own and that’s ok, but remember you can always use a piece of someone else’s history and make it a part of yours.

Here is an idea, tie your something old and something new together into one! This bride took her husband’s military name tag off his uniform and sewn it on the inside of her wedding dress. Doing this can represent not just the past of her husband, but also show their lives coming together as one.

Many brides have also sewn their father’s name tags or another loved one’s name on the inside of their wedding dress in loving memory of that individual. Sewing their name on the inside of the dress can create a sense that they are there with them walking down the aisle as they begin the journey to the rest of their life.

Photo Cred: Rachel Joy Photo

Another idea that could be held close to your heart (literally) could be to tie the wedding bands of your parents’ rings to your bouquet with a handkerchief. Having these rings can show the bond that your parents had or still have while you create that same bond with your partner.


Something New

You are about to say “I Do” to the person you love with all your heart and start this journey. You will hold each other up when you fall and you will love your partner unconditionally through thick and thin. To start off your life together it’s only fitting that you have something new to resemble your forever love.

Photo Cred: James Saleska Photography

Many brides will choose to use their wedding dress as a symbol of something new on their big day, but another unique idea could be to add a new charm to your favorite bracelet or even using the start of something new (Hint: new traditions). For example, watching baseball every Sunday night with your new partner, or having family dinner every Wednesday night to talk about your long days.  

Something Borrowed

I don’t know about you, but on my wedding day I hope that whatever I choose to wear,  whether it be my grandma’s veil, or my mother’s pearls, that a story will come right alongside it. Having something borrowed as a part of your wedding day can have many different purposes. Something borrowed can remind you of someone that has passed or serve as the purpose of carrying out a legacy. Maybe as a child you looked up to your grandparents’ marriage and the never ending love they shared. So, going into your big day, you decide to make a commitment to not only yourself, but your future spouse. Maybe it’s to follow the love of your grandparents by wearing your Grandmother’s veil, or honoring the marriage of your parents by wearing your mothers beautiful strand of pearls that she wears to every heartfelt occasion.

Photo Cred: Syd Michelle Photography

Photo Cred: James Saleska Photography








Something Blue

This one is our favorite. Grand Occasions believes that every detail in a wedding should reflect the love and story of the couple saying “I Do”. Adding an aspect of blue to your wedding and making it an intentional part of your day, makes us completely smitten!

Something blue has become a tradition that we do out of habit not out of meaning, so what is the meaning of blue on our special day? The old traditions would say that blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity. I believe that the blue can also stand for the new found air or breathe that you have found with the love of your life, and that itself is something simply magical!  When I think of blue I also think of the never ending horizon along the ocean as I look out at the unforgettable sunset. These simple blue details could be your never ending horizon headed into the rest of your life with the one person that has become your best friend.

Photo Cred: Alexan Events


Don’t you just absolutely love these blue sparkles added to the bottom of these wedding slippers? You may also like the idea to add the date you exchange vows on the inside seem of your wedding dress to top it all off making it the perfect blue touch. Who knows, maybe your own daughter will choose to make your wedding dress her something old when walking down the aisle some day!


What better way to add a simple touch of blue than by sewing a blue heart into your wedding dress. This could be a piece of a shirt from a loved one or even your favorite piece of clothing that you own. The options are endless!


So brides to be, take a deep breath, grab some tea, and reflect on what you find to be the most important aspect of your relationship together as a couple and then the pieces will fall into place. Finding “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” can be easy, but the choices are endless. For some unique ideas on how to build your story, follow our Pinterest page Grand Occasions!

Xoxo Madison

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